Getting it Right with Government (3)

 

The reconstruction of civil government begins with the Bible. Jesus wants us to return to the standards of God’s law so the whole world will marvel and follow. First, to show men everywhere that they are sinners and are in need of redemption. Second, to set forth a blueprint for living in a world of contrary opinions. This was Israel’s task (Deuteronomy 4:1-8) that has now fallen upon the church, the New Israel, to be “a city set upon a hill (Mat.5:14), to give “the people who were sitting in darkness…a great light” (Mat.4:16; cf..Isaiah 9:2).

Christians should never be embarrassed by Biblical texts; it’s God’s Word we are talking about. What we must do is apply scripture to ourselves, to our families, our churches and our nation. There is no sense in applying it to the nation, unless we have begun with the individual, the family and the church, first. The Bible warns us along these lines:

O Lord, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; nor do I involve myself in great matters, or in things too difficult for me (Ps.130:1).

David had to prove himself as a faithful shepherd boy in his father’s house and with his flocks, and faithfully carrying supplies to his older brothers, before he came to any kind of national prominence (see I Sam.16-17).  When he volunteered to go and fight Goliath, and Saul was astonished at his unusual level of confidence, he explained that dealing with Goliath would merely be like the lion and the bear he’d killed before, while serving his father (see I Sam.17:31-37).

And this pattern applies to all of us. As we learn to be faithful in the smaller tasks, we can ask God to add to us the bigger ones. According to Luke 16:10-11, that will be His plan.

For nations in God’s eyes are made up of individuals, families and churches. The nation and the church should never prey upon the individual or the family, but rather be committed to their health and well-being, first of all. This attitude of overall care for individuals was exhibited in David’s case, when he and Israel were being judged. David prayed:

…Behold, it is I who have sinned, and it is I who have done wrong; but these sheep, what have they done? Please let your hand be against me and against my father’s house (II Sam.24:17).

Trees don’t grow on top of the ground. If they are going to grow tall, they’d better have deep roots, first. Otherwise, strong winds will bring them down. So, the idea of a meteoric rise for individuals is not normal in scripture. What is normal, is a track-record of consistency and faithfulness, that begins with the family and with church. This was what occurred with Timothy.

Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. And a disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek, and he was well spoken of by the brethren who were in Lystra and Iconium. Paul wanted this man to go with him… (Acts 16:1-3).

Socialists couldn’t care less about this, because they are opportunists. Family faithfulness and  an individual’s integrity within the church mean nothing to them. On the contrary, they are likely to espouse the doctrine espoused by Walter Duranty, who was Moscow Chief of the New York Times, and an American apologist for Stalin, awarded the Pulitzer Prize for journalism in 1932. Concerning Stalin’s policy of deliberate Ukrainian genocide, when millions of Ukrainians starved to death, Duranty said,

You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs.

Thus there can be no lasting social integrity without individual, family and civil government faithfulness to scripture. Without an adherence to Biblical guidelines, the human heart will always go astray, down sinful and self-destructive paths. The twentieth century, which proved to be a harvest of humanism, was a frightening example of this fact.

But the Biblical promise is forever true:

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance (Ps.33:12).

Conclusion:

Patience really is a virtue. We Christians must be prepared to show ourselves faithful to God in lots of our fundamental responsibilities relating to family and church, before we can hope that God will add greater things to us.

For this is what times of Reformation (like the Puritan Revolution of the seventeenth century in England), have required in the past, and will require in the future: the steady application of scripture to our personal lives, to the family, the church and the nation. And when this takes place, God will add more tasks to us.

Is that what you want to see?

God be gracious to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us-Selah. That Your way may be known on the earth, Your salvation among all nations (Ps.67:1).

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